Headteacher's Letter to Parents
16 Apr 2021
It has been a delight getting to know Ashby School during my first week as Headteacher. Armed with a map, I have visited as many classes as possible to introduce myself to students and staff. In normal circumstances, this would have been possible through assemblies and meetings but the opportunity to meet and observe classes in action was fantastic and demonstrated the amazing teaching, learning and student enthusiasm in lessons at the school.
As lockdown restrictions ease, I would like to stress the importance of continuing to work together to keep each and every one of the community safe and well. We will adhere to the guidance provided by the Department for Education and, although at times this is frustrating, carrying out lateral flow tests (LFT) twice a week, wearing face coverings and frequent hand washing will suppress the disease. Please make sure you continue to report the results of LFT with the school LFT form as well as to the gov.uk link.
To continue to identify positive cases of the virus, the school has been identified as a pilot school to carry out Daily Contact Testing (DCT) allowing close contacts of a positive case to attend lessons if they have a DCT in school for seven days rather than isolating at home. Please look out for further information next week about the pilot and how your child can be part of the programme if required.
Ashby School has received a letter from Gavin Williamson MP, Secretary of State for Education, recognising the enormous challenge for students during lockdown and the resilience of students in completing remote learning. I have been pleased to see the level of engagement with remote learning from Ashby School students and echo the words of Mr Williamson. Please take a moment to share with your child using this link Letter from Gavin Williamson.
Ashby School is now part of the LiFE Multi Academy Trust. If you would like to learn more about the Trust, please visit its website https://www.lifemultiacademytrust.org.uk/ Being part of the organisation will allow the school to draw on the expertise of other successful schools as we develop our Key Stage 3 offer, support the development of our staff (both teaching and support staff) and aid recruitment and retention. Ashby has an impressive amount of experience that the Trust will use to support other schools including its extensive Sixth Form offer. The most successful schools are those that develop through collaboration with others and we are working with our partner schools to ensure that the Ashby community has an impressive educational offer for all students as the local schools go through the age range change.
I will be providing regular updates to parents over the coming weeks, keeping you informed on our progress recruiting a permanent headteacher ready for next academic year, our plans relating to age range change and the progress and successes of our students.
Best wishes to you and your families,